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P.S LINCOLN CASTLE

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Published on Nov 25, 2010

Operated on London & North East Railway's Hull-New Holland ferry service on the Humber Estuary in England, commencing on 4th August 1941,one month after a delayed delivery from Scotland
She had originally left the Clyde in October 1940, but rough seas damaged her and she put in at Tobermory, before returning for repair. She then lay at Craigendoran awaiting fine weather
After railway mationalisation in 1948 she was owned by British Transport Commission then British Railways and finaly Sealink
Similar to her quasi-sisters Tattershall and Wingfield Castle except for the boiler being forward (ie the boiler placed ahead of the engines in the hull)
With her funnel forward of the paddle wheels her looks were more conventional than her sisters
Enclosed wheelhouse and radar added in April 1948
Mainmast fitted in April 1954
Retained on the service after the withdrawal of her quasi-sisters, running alongside the paddle car ferry Farringford
Withdrawn in Febraury 1978 with a defective boiler, having remained coal-fired to the end, the last such vessel of her type in the UK
Opened as a pub at Hessle close to the Humber Bridge which had, since 1981, rendered the ferries obsolete
Resold to Colin Johnson in 1986 and moved to Immingham for refurbishment in 1987 and boilers removed
Opened as a bar and restaurant at the Heritage Centre at Alexandra Dock, Grimsby in 1989
Closed to the public since late 2006 for refurbishment,
Due to serious deterioration and holing of some hull plates he was moved along the dock and "beached" on limestone tipped into the corner of the dock to avoid sinking
Work stalled on cost grounds and Lincoln Castle was offered for sale in 2009
In the absence of private buyers by June 2010 (mostly put off by the high costs of rectifying the hull plus the local council's demand for a GBP 60k bond) the owner decided to scrap the ship
The Lincoln Castle Preservation Society was established at the end of May 2010 to buy the ship for restoration and eventual return to service but failed in their attempt

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